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to wbaltv.com and clicking on politics. >> fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan have prompted the u.s. to authorize the first evacuation of americans out of the country. the nuclear regulatory commission says this decision was based on the risk of radioactive contamination. let's go live to washington for the latest. >> the un says the situation is very serious but not deteriorating at this point. president obama says americans and japan need to be prepared. >> they spoke at the japanese embassy in washington and said the u.s. is bringing all sources to bear to protect american citizens in japan. they sought to reassure americans at home. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s., whether it is that west coast, why, alaska or u.s. territories. >> at the nuclear plant, crews have been scrambling, using helicopters and cannons to douse the reactor with thousands of gallons of water. but it's difficult to know whether it's working. >> we believe it will help to cool down the fuel. however, we are not able to access the site. >> the first evacuations fled to toky
the strongest to hit japan in 100 years. >> tsunami warnings were issued. and massive wall of water swept away everything. it cracked buildings, it sparked dozens of fires including refineries. hundreds of bodies were found in the epicenter. a number of aftershocks were felt in tokyo more than 200 miles away. this is a potentially catastrophic disaster. we have more on the u.s. response. >> president obama says that his thoughts and prayers are with the people and they are ready to help with whatever they need. the night sky over japan with fires still burning. >> of the magnitude -- the 8.9 magnitude quake rattled everything from offices to the japanese legislature. more than 50 aftershocks followed. there was a trail of devastation on the ground. >> this is unlike anything we have experienced here before. >> a massive tsunami unleashed a wave of water in coastal areas near the epicenter northeast of tokyo. it destroyed everything in its path. >> i am heartbroken by this tragedy. >> president obama pledged u.s. assistance in japan. >> today's events remind us how fragile life can b
alerts on wbaltv.com. >> now to the disaster in japan, the nuclear scare has escalated with word that conditions at the crippled nuclear plants have now deteriorated even further. >> the u.s. government urging american citizens in the area to follow new safety precautions. sally kid has the latest from washington . >> the head of the nuclear regulatory commission says he believes nucleus -- radiation levels are extremely high. precious time was lost in the race to prevent a nuclear meltdown when a burst of radiation lead to a temporary evacuation of workers at the plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission said the crisis could escalate if workers cannot keep the reactor school. one of the pools appear to have run out of water. >> if they are lost, and may be difficult to replace them. that could lead to more significant damage to the fuel and potentially some type of release. >> the white house issued this warning to americans in the area. those that are within a 50 mile radius of the reactors, evacuate from that area. the emperor of japan delivered are rare televised
>> live. local. late breaking. if this is wbal-tv 11 news at 6:00. >> new pictures in japan share the devastating tsunami waters. the conditions dramatically worsen. hundreds dead, hundreds missing, and now reports a radiation exposure. rescue and recovery efforts continue in japan after the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggering a sonometer 30 feet high. as many as 1800 people are dead or missing. there is concern over two damaged nuclear reactors. at least three people in hospital tested positive for radiation exposure. the evacuation zone around one plant has been expanded. officials in u.s. are monitoring the situation. brian mooar has that part of the story from washington. >> first in the massive earthquake. then the deadly tsunami. now japan is facing fears of a nuclear crisis after this power plant was rocked by an explosion saturday afternoon. the united states is watching through the regulatory commission, just one way the american government and people are responding as the toll of the japanese tragedy becomes into focus. president obama has gotten regular brie
material in the air, which is actually coming from japan. >> this doctor says that small amounts pose no risk to human health. he says they also tested drinking water, milk and rainwater. the rain water test did find radioactive iodine. >> we found very, very small amounts in the rain water sample, but not any radioactive material in the drinking water or milk. >> officials say even though japan is thousands of miles away from baltimore, it is not surprising that the city is impacted. >> steam that is produced in japan goes up into the clouds, becomes part of the cloud mix that comes across the pacific and is part of all of the water that is part of the hydro geologic cycle across the planet. >> he says this has all happened before. but this is very similar to what happened when there were above- ground nuclear tests in the 1950's and 1960's. it is also similar to what we saw with the chernobyl accident and with the above-ground nuclear testing by korea. >> officials say you do not need to run out and buy special pills. you do not need special test kits. you can drink the water.
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
, she was arrested. >> new concerns in the japan. radio -- radiation detected in the food. and a unique site in the the skies tonight. why did silber moan in super special. >> temperatures were above the average for the season. we will talk about where we are headed with ou >>> new concerns in japan. officials say radiation has been detected in the milk near the damaged fukushima plant. correspondednbc's has the latest. >> diesel powered generators do have good fired tracks -- fire trucks that we have been seen. the other thing we heard is that the japanese government found trace amounts of radiation in samples of spinach and milk in the north of japan. they say the dream -- the amount are small. if they say if he drank one glass of milk for one year, you would get the same amount of radiation you get from a ct scan. even though the radiation in the food is a small amount, it shows why this is such a disaster. those kind of saplings are going to go on for months or years. as long -- no matter how much you try to reassure the public, it is still frightening. that is why it is crucial to
. >> officials are watching closely as japan deals with a nuclear meltdown. are there lessons to be learned here in the u.s.? george lettis is live in college park tonight where he sat on in a class with some students discussing that. >> because of the crisis in japan, one professor here changed his lesson plan. experts in the academic rather try to figure out the mechanics of this problem in japan all the while contemplating what is next for the nuclear energy debate. >> the first would have problems on friday. >> university of maryland college park professors which his energy policy cost to current events in light of the nuclear crisis. >> we are looking at either the second or third most serious nuclear accident in history of civilian nuclear power. >> he told what is happening here that fears of a full-blown a nuclear meltdown persist following a cooling system failure. >> with the earthquake and the course of the tsunami waves that caused problems. >> diesel generators are sitting there. they were taken off line by the tsunami and as they swept through, they lost power to the cooling system
efforts in japan. born than 1 million people are expected to check out the trees tuesday-friday. >> your 11 insta-weather + forecast with meteorologist john collins. >> a little snow gets in the cherry blossoms, it will add it to the lightness of the trees. i am trying to put a good spin on what is coming. in baltimore, we are not seriously threatened. most of this bill passed to the south. right now, beginning to see some high clouds come in. you can see on the satellite imagery, extreme southwest virginia, sums -- some sure our activity. that is right at the moment because temperatures are above the freezing point. by the time this moisture gets their baltimore, are temperatures will be closer to freezing and any precipitation will have to drop a few more degrees. let's check out what happened today so far. with below average for the season. typically 57 would be the high and we are limited to 46 at the airport and 47 at the inner harbor. the airport got down to 28. today was very similar to yesterday as far as the way the brain waves. indianapolis, easton, 42-43. parkton 39, westminst
was found dead inside his baltimore county home. plus, a baltimore man just returned from japan. he was stuck there following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear >> today was a kind of bonus day. >> say goodbye. in >> favor the moment. [laughter] -- savor the moment. [laughter] >> 54 tomorrow with rain and thunderstorms. 45 on thursday and only 43 for the high on friday. it rain and sleet and wet snow in the area on saturday before it clears out on sunday. >> out of control. i guess we have to say we are out of here. we will be back at 11:00 p.m. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org--
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